Cubs' Fowler to test free agency, doesn't rule out Chicago return

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Dexter Fowler likely has millions of reasons to test the waters of a shallow free agent pool this offseason, so he will.

Not yet 24 hours after helping the Chicago Cubs bring to an end their 108-year World Series drought, the All-Star outfielder said he intends to exercise the mutual option in his contract to become a free agent.

That does not necessarily mean he will not return to help the Cubs, but there will be competition.

"I'm definitely going to be a free agent, but hopefully it happens a little bit quicker than last year," Fowler said on ESPN on Thursday.

"You can't control what goes on, but I loved my time in Chicago and I'm definitely not counting them out, but we'll see what God has planned for us now."

Fowler, 30, has the potential to cash in on a career season, his second in Chicago.

He re-signed with the team just before spring training, after reneging on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, and had 13 home runs and 48 RBIs, leading to his first All-Star selection.

"I think I made the right decision," Fowler said of returning to Chicago.

"The Cubs came in last minute, we got something done and it was a decision of a lifetime. I definitely wouldn't be in this position to bring back history to the Cubbies" had he signed with the Orioles.